Give a Heart To Africa

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In 2010, my boyfriend Alex and I spent 7 incredible weeks in Tanzania. We discovered GHTA through a friend, and decided to spend half of our trip volunteering with the organization. From the minute we arrived at the house, the passion and dedication of Monika and the other volunteers was inspiring. We spent the next 3 weeks immersing ourselves in the school and the local culture. From classroom lessons to home visits, the students were not only eager to learn, but also eager to teach the volunteers about their lives in Tanzania.
The location of GHTA is also idea, as Moshi is an excellent hub for traveling around Tanzania. You are right at the doorstep of Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as some of the most famous national parks in the world. Alex and I were able travel across the country, with plenty of recommendations from Monika and the other volunteers.
For me, volunteering at a small organization was the right choice. Teaching at GHTA was an inspirational experience that I will never forget.

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Posted: October 23, 2013
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10
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10
By: TCard
Age:
26

Having wanted to volunteer in Africa for a long time, my wife and I eventually got around to it last year and spent an amazing six months at Give a Heart To Africa in Moshi, Tanzania. It is very easy to start using all sorts of superlatives to describe our time at GHTA, but I can honestly say it was life changing. Working with a group of women (there were some men on the project, but it is primarily a women’s empowerment project), where the majority of them have never had an education beyond primary school was incredible. The women showed a willingness, a determination and an enthusiasm to learn that was nothing short of incredible. Teaching fractions using cut-up paper plates, preparing a basic CV and learning how to thread Maasai beads into bracelets and necklaces were just some of the skills we taught. I remember so well the first morning the women all arrived at school. They looked very nervous and were reluctant to talk even to their own classmates. We were very privileged to go back to Moshi this September to watch them graduate from GHTA a year later. The smiles and happy faces said everything, the women showed confidence and enthusiasm and really felt they were in a better position to improve their lives and the lives of their families. The project is managed by the most amazing Czech/Canadian woman called Monika. After receiving an education in Canada, she decided she wanted to give something back to other women and after several years volunteering in Africa she set-up GHTA. The project is located just off the University of Moshi Business School and on those mornings when there is no cloud you wake to the most wonderful view of Kilimanjaro. Our return in September was not the last time we will go back to GHTA. As is often the case when you hear volunteer stories, it is the volunteer who comes away with a feeling that they have received more than they were able to give, that is really how we felt when we left.

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Posted: October 22, 2013
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10
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10
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10
Age:
67

I spent 4 weeks volunteering at Give a Heart to Africa in Nov/Dec 2012 and enjoyed it so much I volunteered again in Sept 2013. GHTA is a small hands-on volunteer experience where you interact with the students (women from 25 to 60 years old) on a personal level. The goal of GHTA is to empower women by teaching them English, business, and vocational skills so that they can support themselves and pay their children's school fees. No teaching experience is needed as there is a curriculum provided and translators (former GHTA students) in each class. When I was at GHTA there were 5 volunteers although there is room for 6. The volunteers come from many countries (while I was there they were from Belgium, England, Australia, Canada, and the US). The volunteer house is very comfortable and has a family like atmosphere. Volunteering at GHTA was an eye opening, heartwarming, rewarding and inspiring experience. I am still in contact with many of my students as well as the volunteers who were there at the same time as me. While volunteering at GHTA I also was able to go on safari and visit Mt. Kilimanjaro. I highly recommend Give a Heart to Africa to anyone interested in truly making a difference volunteering while visiting a safe, beautiful country.

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Posted: October 21, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: jtvt1211
Age:
52

I arrived on Nosy Be nearly two weeks ago and I've had a great time so far!

The camp feels remote and secluded and feels exactly how I was expecting yet only a boat ride away is a large enough town where you can get everything you need.

Everyone on camp has made me feel very welcome and the staff work their socks off to get all the volunteers out on surveys and dives for the research that is being carried out here. So far there have been people trekking across one of the smaller islands nearby for their expedition management course, a satellite camp for the marine team and an environmental education day for the people here in the village where camp is situated.

The camp itself is not nearly as tough as I expected. There are working showers! Plenty of hammocks strung about the place for down time and my bed is a pile of roll mats so its plenty comfortable. The food is absolutely fine! I would recommend bring honey or nutella to have with the sabeda (sticky rice) in the morning and maybe some chilli or spices to have with the main meals but there is plenty of veg and fruit can be bought in the village.

All in all I'm having a great time and this week we've had lots of new arrivals so we are all looking forward to meeting and getting to know them all, getting out on the water and in the forest too!!

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Posted: July 3, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: sjwickham
Age:
23

I was very sceptical about volunteering with GAHTA. I had just spent a couple of months volunteering in an orphanage in Kenya were I felt that I was taken advantage of, and that the whole 'volunteering industry' was nothing but a money-making scheme, but since I had already paid for my time at GAHTA I decided to go ahead with it and I am so glad I did! GAHTA truly is something special. Firsthand I saw the affects of what an education, regardless of how basic it is, can do to someone's confidence and self-esteem. This is an NGO that is really working to enhance the small community of Moshi...I was deeply impressed! The set-up and curriculum was very professional, the facilities were great, but most importantly the pioneer behind GAHTA, Monica Fox was inspiring! Here is a woman whom from her heart is working to help the people of Tanzania. Being around somebody who truly is doing this purely to help was great. Every penny, and every opportunity she could to better GAHTA and the lives of Tanzanians she did. Many places I had contacted were short-term solutions...teach them English, and then???? But GAHTA varied from that as it looked towards training people to sustain themselves after the six-month course, and this is what is needed. There is no point in speaking English if you cannot utilise it but GAHTA had programs in store after the students graduated such as the business scholarship, and the chance to be next semesters translator so the students can put what they learnt into effect.

My only drawback is the number of volunteers at any one time. I was teaching Computers and had two other volunteers in the class with me. When one teacher would take control of the class the other two would just sit around and not really have much to do. I think this needs to be looked into as it can be upsetting that you spent so much money, and flew halfway across the world just to stand at the back of the class and watch the lesson take place. There should be a limit as to how many volunteers there are at any one time. I also had the students complain to me about this as when they get used to one teaching method another volunteer comes along and has a whole different way of teaching, some struggled to understand the various accents (up to three in one class at times) and so on. I understand the NGO needs to make money to survive but it can be detrimental to the students, and disappointing to the volunteer.

All in all though I highly recommend GAHTA. The smiles on my students faces when they would change a font from Arial to Helvetica will stay with me forever and I valued every moment of my time there.

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Posted: November 9, 2011
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8
Support:
7
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7
By: Reema
Age:
29

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